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Go Fish with the Language Builder Emotion Cards!

This lesson plan gives the classic card game Go Fish an emotional makeover! Students work on their expressive and receptive vocabulary and understanding of the five basic emotions, all while practicing social skills, taking turns, and following the rules of the game.

Objective: Students will deepen their understanding of the five basic emotions: happy, sad, angry, surprised, and disgusted by practicing expressive and receptive identification of these vocabulary words as they participate with peers in a game of Go Fish.


Skills Practiced:

  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Social skills
  • Communication
  • Turn taking
  • Following game rules
  • Expressive identification of emotions
  • Receptive identification of emotions

Materials Needed: Language Builder Emotion Cards.

  • For this activity, you will need to pull the 40 cards that show the people in front of a white background. These are the only cards you will use for this lesson.
  • Depending on your students’ reading ability, the back of each card may need to be covered to hide the emotion label. I recommend using the top portion of a Post-It note (the sticky part) or using Scotch Removable Magic Tape to tape a small paper over each label.